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Next start date

January 06, 2020

Finish in as few as

9–12 months1

Learning options

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources
  • Field Experience

As an early childhood educator, you have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of young children. Our Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certificate can help you lay the foundation for a career as an educator working with young children in as few as nine to 12 months.1 Throughout your Early Childhood Education Certificate online courses, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to create a positive and thriving learning environment for your students. Our ECE programs do not prepare students for licensed teaching positions in any public school setting, but students will have the opportunity to help shape the futures of young children from birth to age five in a non-public school setting or leadership role. You may also choose between the Field Experience or Exploration track (based on the state in which you live) to benefit from hands-on early childhood education training and relevant experience.

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After this credential

What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?

Academically Prepared for the CDA

This program's Early Childhood Education courses are aligned to the standards of the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Students will be academically prepared to apply for the CDA Credential.

Advance Your Education

Rasmussen College’s ladder curriculum allows you to easily transfer your credits toward an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Upon receiving your Associate's degree, you can transfer those credits toward an ECE Bachelor’s degree.

Pursue Potential Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the yearly projected job growth potential between 2016 and 2026 for childcare workers is 6%.2 Enhanced skills and knowledge from Rasmussen College can help set you up for success in this growing field.

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Skills

What Skills Will I Gain?

Learning Support

Use your knowledge and skills to work with young children from birth to age five.

Ability to Adapt

Help children learn and develop their skills and knowledge in a variety of entry-level roles and settings.

Planning and Reflection

Based on real, practical experiences in your courses, you will observe and implement developmentally appropriate practices while interacting with children and adults.

Effective Communication

Value the ability to effectively communicate in a variety of situations, from the workplace to your communities and families whose children are in your care.

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Your dedication to advancing your skills means children in your care get the benefit of a positive learning experience.

Sample Courses

What Types of Classes Will I Take?

    Early Childhood Education Curriculum and Instruction

    • EEC 1202
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Promotes the development of young children in the academic, social and emotional domains. Examines developmentally appropriate methods for writing and assessing behavioral objectives, lesson plans and activity goals.

    Foundations of Child Development

    • EEC 1700
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Explores characteristics of children at different ages, children’s developmental needs and the foundation of early childhood education. You'll learn the fundamentals of developmentally appropriate practices as it relates to child development, individual needs, building self-esteem in children and using interposal skills and communication within the classroom and center.

    Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education

    • EEC 2613
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Explores effective strategies for observation and assessment in early childhood education. You'll learn to understand the observation, assessment and planning cycle and its impact on promoting children’s development.

11 Courses to Complete

36 Credit Hours

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Enrollment

What Should I Know Before I Enroll?

Entrance Requirements

Entrance requirements at the Rasmussen College School of Education vary depending on the program. We do not require enrolling students to submit standardized test scores; however, every entrant must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent.

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Transfer Student

We believe in giving credit where it’s due. Prospective students who hold a current CDA Credential may be eligible to waive or transfer up to 12 credits into this Early Childhood Education program. Talk to a program manager today or explore our Transfer Policy page to review our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation.

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Help Paying for College

Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to a program manager and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with Flex Choice® learning options, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities and corporate and military discounts.

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Class Locations

Where Can I Find an Early Childhood Education Program Near Me?

At Rasmussen College, we want our courses to be available on your schedule, not the other way around. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus and nationally online, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources. See below to find out where you can find an Early Childhood Education program near you.

  • Online
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Wisconsin
  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
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